Innovative Women Teachers

Launched in 2009, the Innovative Women Teachers (IWT) program  is an initiative implemented by the African Centre for Women, Information and Communications Technology in partnership with Microsoft Corporation and the Government of Kenya’s Ministry of Education with the aim of building the capacity of women teachers in ICT to improve learning outcomes and also address the issues affecting Girl-Child Education in Kenya.

The programs four main objectives were to provide an avenue for adoption and implementation of the ICT policy in a context that addresses real challenges to education in Kenya; provide hands-on ICT skills training localized Microsoft Digital Literacy curriculum to enable teachers to improve current teaching practices and embrace the emerging pedagogies; provide opportunities for ICT integration in the classroom so as to improve learning outcomes by helping teachers identify opportunities for innovative practice in the school environment;to examine the socio-cultural and health issues affecting the girl child and determine how ICTs can help access, disseminate and communicate information and steer change around these issues.

The program is based on a Trainer of Trainees (ToT) approach in which Bachelor of Education alumnae from various Kenyan universities are trained at the Kenya Institute of Education (K.I.E) and deployed to train women teachers countrywide. The IWT is delivered through a localized Microsoft Digital Literacy curriculum designed to develop the capacities of women teachers to integrate technology into daily teaching and research. The curriculum is divided into three Units namely; ICT Integration in Education, international and national Girl Child Rights and the Social, Cultural and Health Issues affecting the Girl Child. At the end of each unit, the teachers are expected to document and share experiences using ICTs through reflective journals.

Outcomes to date:

  • A total of 60 master trainers have been trained;
  • 3,360 women teachers directly during school holidays.
  • 33,600 women teachers trained to-date (3,360 teachers who were trained directly have been tasked with training at least 10 peers) the total number of women teachers trained to-date to 33,600.
  • 3,360 women teachers serving as role models to the girl children in their schools.
  • A total of 1,478,400 girls in primary and secondary schools reached (teacher student ratio – 1:44 mean for public schools)
  • Overall the program is geared towards attainment of the Millennium Development Goals, and attainment of Education for All (EFA) by reducing the gender gap at every level of education. In addition, the program promotes gender equality and empowerment of women, Achieve universal primary education; Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; Combat HIV/AIDs malaria and other diseases; Reduce child mortality and improve maternal health, all by 2015.